Really interesting interview with Terence Tao

Q: Do you find more fulfillment in teaching or researching?

A: They are complementary. You only really learn something when you can teach it to someone else. If you have to do something like abstract geometry, you have to be able to do basic geometry really quickly. After you’ve taught calculus a few times you can look at differential equations and say “oh, it should look like this”, which would have taken like half an hour as a student but now takes a few minutes. You need that speed in order to tackle the harder problems, so it is complementary.

Full interview is here.

Note by Silas Hundt
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  Easy Math Editor

MarkdownAppears as
*italics* or _italics_ italics
**bold** or __bold__ bold

- bulleted
- list

  • bulleted
  • list

1. numbered
2. list

  1. numbered
  2. list
Note: you must add a full line of space before and after lists for them to show up correctly
paragraph 1

paragraph 2

paragraph 1

paragraph 2

[example link](https://brilliant.org)example link
> This is a quote
This is a quote
    # I indented these lines
    # 4 spaces, and now they show
    # up as a code block.

    print "hello world"
# I indented these lines
# 4 spaces, and now they show
# up as a code block.

print "hello world"
MathAppears as
Remember to wrap math in \( ... \) or \[ ... \] to ensure proper formatting.
2 \times 3 \( 2 \times 3 \)
2^{34} \( 2^{34} \)
a_{i-1} \( a_{i-1} \)
\frac{2}{3} \( \frac{2}{3} \)
\sqrt{2} \( \sqrt{2} \)
\sum_{i=1}^3 \( \sum_{i=1}^3 \)
\sin \theta \( \sin \theta \)
\boxed{123} \( \boxed{123} \)

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